An IDA Urban Night Sky Place is a municipal park, open space, observing site, or other similar property near or surrounded by large urban environs whose planning and design actively promote an authentic nighttime experience in the midst of significant artificial light. By virtue of their characteristics, these sites do not qualify for designation within any other International Dark Sky Places category. However, they are worthy of recognition for their efforts to educate the public on the benefits of proper outdoor lighting that ensures public safety while minimizing potential harm to the natural nighttime environment.
Certified IDA Urban Night Sky Places
Designate an Urban Night Sky Place
IDA designates International Dark Sky Places following a rigorous application process requiring applicants to demonstrate robust community support for dark sky protection and document designation-specific program requirements. Learn more and start the process here.
Download the current Urban Night Sky Place guidelines2018 Urban Night Sky Place Guidelines (PDF)
2021 Submission Deadline Dates
|22 February 2021||31 May 2021|
|30 August 2021||29 November 2021|